I feel as though I have been swept up in a whirlwind of activity, work and travel. Last week Andrew and I left for a week of camp with our Young Life kids at Saranac Lake. It was a truly amazing week. Camp is such an exhausting week, but so incredible to see how God is clearly working in kids lives and softening and changing hearts for him. It was a true blessing to be a part of such a wild and fun week and see God’s work up close. It was a tough week on me for some extra reasons. One was the fact that my son, Noah, was not with me. (He turns 14 months old next week.) Since I was a leader at camp, he could not be with us, so he went to stay with his Vogan grandparents. They had a blast with him, but it made my heart ache to be apart from him for most of the week and it was a pretty tearful goodbye. I think the busyness of camp was a huge help. The second factor that weighed in on a tough week was that my Grammy Sady passed away.
My grandmother was one of the sweetest people I have ever known. She was so full of love and joy and so very passionate about her relationship with the Lord. We have a big family and she and my Papa prayed for each of us by name, every single day. She was a true example of having a heart to serve God and a hand to extend love and compassion on people. I am missing her dearly, but praising God that she is home in heaven and that I will see her again. It must have been such a sweet reunion for her to be with my Papa, her son, her two other babies that she never got to know, and countless other family and friends!
While I have hit the studio twice this week, I will be taking a two and a half week break from work as we travel down to Virginia this coming week for my Grammy’s funeral. I am going to just stay there with my family for a few extra days leading up to our family vacation the following week. I am glad to be able to take the time with my family and celebrate her life! These two pictures are some of my favorites from our wedding. I gave my bouquet away to my grandmother as a way to honer her long marriage (the longest marriage in the room that night) of 66 years and counting! I think they were married 68 years when my Papa passed away a couple of years ago. What a testament to marriage and a godly example for my own! (Photos taken by Mary Dougherty.)